Graduate and Apprenticeship Bites


A round up of bites from in and around the world of higher education and apprenticeships:

City & Guilds UK’s top education, training and development brand

Superbrands has ranked City & Guilds as one of the top 100 brands in the UK and number one in Education, Training & Development’ category.  Each year, Superbrands’ influential survey identifies the UK’s strongest B2B brands assessed on three criteria: quality, reliability and distinction. The survey considers thousands of brands that are independently chosen by their Expert Council and by individual business professionals from across the UK.

David Phillips, Director of Marketing, Apprenticeships and Technical Education at City & Guilds, said: “The City & Guilds brand has always been synonymous with delivering high quality professional and technical education that helps people get into a job, progress on the job and move onto the next job."

125% increase in female mechanics leads to nationwide call for female apprentices

An online car garage and repair marketplace has revealed that the number of female mechanics working in the UK has risen by 125% since 2011, and now accounts for almost 10% of the workforce. The site has launched a female mechanic awareness scheme in partnership with its 11,000 garages. asked its garage network if they employed any women as mechanics, and if so how many. Almost a tenth (9%) of the garages and repair centres answered that they employ a female mechanic, compared to just under 4% in 2011. 93% of garages surveyed indicated a positive impact from their female mechanic team, demonstrating the value of female mechanics.

“Scotland is Now”

Launched simultaneously in North America, London and China, ‘Scotland is Now’ is designed to put the country firmly at the top of everyone’s list of places to live, work, study, invest and visit.  Attracting more migrant talent, international students, expanding overseas businesses and high-spend tourists will grow Scotland’s economy and further cement its reputation as an open, diverse and welcoming country.

The campaign sees the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland join forces for the first time to promote Scotland under a single unified national brand, bringing together combined spending of up to £6 million to promote Scotland globally.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde said: “‘Scotland is Now’ is a vibrant and modern way to demonstrate all that the country has to offer. Our university sector is one of the very best in the world and each year we generate thousands of work-ready graduates, discover new knowledge, produce new research and create innovative developments which help society to tackle its biggest issues."

Openreach launches largest ever recruitment drive

3,500 trainee engineers will be hired across the UK as part of the largest recruitment drive ever undertaken by Openreach.  The announcement follows news that Openreach, Britain’s leading digital network business, will accelerate plans to build more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the country.  Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: “It’s great news that Openreach is creating 3,500 new permanent jobs rolling out full fibre broadband. This digital infrastructure will be welcomed by families and business across the country, and these new highly skilled jobs will be a boost to our talented workforce as we build an economy fit for the future.”

2 Sisters Food Group double apprenticeships

With more than 150 colleagues already signed up, the team at 2 Sisters expects to double this number before the end of its first year.  Britain’s biggest food manufacturer already offers a wide range of apprenticeship schemes at different levels across their business from food technologists to food operatives, from engineering to accountancy.

Janette, who leads the in-house team, said: “The next generation of food entrepreneurs will have a fantastic opportunity to carve out a pathway and develop a stimulating and impressive career in the food industry.”

“We can offer something for everybody from an advanced apprenticeship for new entrants into the food industry right through to an MBA course for our senior management team.”

“This is an exciting time and the apprenticeships will enable us to showcase the food industry as a top career destination for young people and promote the roles within our business that have become more difficult to recruit.”

The 2 Sisters in-house apprenticeship team is about to launch its third level three course in management to add to the advanced food and drink process operator standard and food technology standard.

JVP teams up with Tourism & Hospitality Academy to help develop a future workforce for North Wales

A brand-new collaboration has been formed between North Wales Tourism and JVP Group, to provide a digital jobs platform and recruitment service as part of the recently launched ‘Go North Wales Tourism & Hospitality Academy’.  The Academy was unveiled in 2017 with the purpose of connecting students, tourism and hospitality employees, employers and education providers in North Wales.  Bodelwyddan based recruitment advertising experts JVP Group will work with the Academy to aid the development of a skilled workforce in the sector and assist tourism and hospitality businesses across the region in attracting talent.  The company will provide promotion of work experience and volunteer opportunities – free of charge, whilst also providing comprehensive advertising support for paid employment opportunities.

The RSPCA teams up with local colleges to transform training within its organisation

The RSPCA and Chichester College have teamed up to deliver apprenticeships to staff, highlighting the different ways employers can embrace apprenticeships.  The charity has so far signed up nine members of staff at its Horsham-based headquarters onto apprenticeships with Chichester College, with more set to follow later this year.

John Wilkins, Head of Volunteering and Apprenticeships at the RSPCA, said: “Following the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy back in April last year, we could see the benefits that the new scheme would bring to the RSPCA.

“We looked at our skills gaps, at roles that we find it hard to recruit and retain and considered what apprenticeships could offer our teams – we invited everyone to let us know if they would be interested in apprenticeships.

“I was expecting that around 2% of our staff would be interested in apprenticeships – I was very pleased that around 11% of our staff wanted to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

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